I haven't been too vocal about it on the blog or on social media (on the Mitzfitness side) but I guess it's time to let the cat out of the bag for those that haven't figured it out already: I'm competing again!
I decided to compete with IDFA once again this year in the hopes of placing this time around. No longer am I prepping as a means to get "back on the wagon" or for a personal challenge - I'm in it to win it.
It's been about 11 weeks since I started. With 4 more weeks to go, things are getting intense!
My month to month progress has been astounding - both to myself and to my coach. My coach is a different one than last year, but more on that later..
My meal plan is flexible this year and uses a macro-based approach. My coach provides me with the amounts of Protein, Carbs and Fats that I have to hit each day and I fill them in with clean whole foods. Up until a few weeks ago I was including a small treat here and there as long as it fit my numbers.
I switched coaches this year for a few reasons, the largest being for convenience/price. Going back and forth to Ottawa is expensive! As much as I LOVE Kim, I was lucky enough to have Sophie in my life ready to kick my ass in to competition shape. I will always be a part of FlexSquad and they hold a special place in my heart. However, as I open my heart and my mind I make space for new experiences and that includes Sophie P. Fitness!
My shoes and suit have both been purchased which is another change from last year when I had borrowed both from friends.
If you're competing - head over to Raphael Shoes on St Hubert Street in Montreal for some competition heels and to K.H. Customs for your suit!
Competition prep doesn't have to suck! I include my favourite healthy foods and I try to space out my carbs throughout the day even if it means tiny amounts in each meal.
Some tips on hitting high protein numbers:
Egg whites are drinkable!! Add that shit to smoothies
Black bean pasta is a godsend (22g of protein and 21g of carbs per serving)
Hard boiled eggs make a great snack
Buy a protein powder that tastes AMAZING so you can add it to oats (or cauliflower) or drink it just with water.
Some tips if your carbs are low:
Riced cauliflower is easy to make and goes well with just about anything
Protein pancakes are close to regular pancakes once you perfect your recipe and technique
Zucchini is a great way to add volume to your meals without a huge carb hit
Keep some of your favourite carbs but in small quantities so you don't feel deprived
I can't take credit for some of those tips - I have Sophie to thank for telling me about the pasta, cauliflower and zucchini :)
Anyway, the point I want to get across with this post is that I've set my mind on a goal and I've accepted that I need to work hard and make some sacrifices to get there. So, when the diet feels hard or I'm craving junk I remind myself that I chose to do this and that I want it badly.
If you have a goal you want to reach, remind yourself why you set it in the first place. Ask yourself "how badly do I want this?". Then, go out and hustle hard until you reach it! Plus, if I can help you in any way, be sure to get in touch!